You are taking a prescription medication for one of the following reasons:
- To lessen your pain.
- To prevent your condition from worsening.
- To cure your medical illness or injury.
You are certainly not taking it to get sick, and you may have had no idea that the medication you were using could cause you to suffer another serious and potentially fatal illness. However, if the pharmaceutical company fails to identify all of the potential risks associated with the medication or fails to warn you of the risks, then you could get very sick.
Some Medications May Even Cause Cancer
It seems impossible that the medication that is supposed to help could actually create a life-threatening condition. However, some medications have been found to increase a person’s chances of developing certain types of cancers. For example:
- The diabetes drug Actos has been linked to bladder cancer.
- The diabetes drugs Januvia, Byetta, and Victoza have been linked to diseases such as thyroid cancer and pancreatic cancer.
- The lice treatment shampoo Lindane has been linked to non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Even talcum powder—a common non-prescription item—has been linked to ovarian cancer.
What to Do If You Develop Cancer After Using a Medication
The first thing to do is to see your doctor at the first signs of any potential illness. You need an accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment plan. Additionally, you and your doctor need to review all of the prescription and non-prescription medications that you are using to determine if your cancer could have been caused by any of them.
If you or your doctor suspects that one of your medications was a cause of your cancer, then you should contact an experienced pharmaceutical class action lawyer as soon as possible. You may not be the only one suffering this serious side effect from the same medication, and you may be able to join with others who have been hurt to hold the pharmaceutical company accountable for your injuries and to get the full and fair recovery that you deserve. You can take the first step toward protecting your rights now by starting a live chat with us or calling us at 1-800-800-5678.